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Tuesday, October 29, 2019 Sustainability Lab Agenda

The Lab will be held in three locations including St. Louis, Alton, and St. Peters. 


St. Louis Location

(T-Rex, 911 Washington Ave, 5th Floor, St. Louis, MO 63101)

Open networking will take place from 3:30 to 7 p.m. in the T-Rex common area on the 5th floor.

3:30 - 3:45: Check-in
3:45 - 5:00: Washington University Sustainability Exchange

David and Carolyn will discuss upcoming opportunities to work with student consultants on sustainability projects relevant to your organization or group.

The Sustainability Exchange at Washington University is an interdisciplinary capstone course open to seniors and graduate students in the McKelvey School of Engineering, the College of Arts & Sciences, and the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts. In the Exchange, students work in interdisciplinary teams to tackle real-world energy, environmental, and sustainability problems for real clients. The Exchange runs 4-7 project teams each semester, for a total of 51 projects for 16 off-campus and 10 on-campus clients since 2015. These projects matter to their clients, and student teams integrate their knowledge and skills to deliver an applicable end product for their client.

In this session we'll discuss:

  • The types of projects the Exchange is looking for, including their definition of a "sustainability" project
  • Examples of successful past projects
  • Timeline & process for working with the Exchange
  • Exciting changes coming next year

Presented by Carolyn Cosgrove Payne and David Webb, in-coming co-directors of the Sustainability Exchange at Washington University 

5:00 - 5:30: Break and Networking

5:30 - 7:00: Environmental Racism in St. Louis

Join us for a panel discussion on environmental disparities in our communities. "Environmental Racism in St. Louis", a recent report prepared by the Washington University School of Law Interdisciplinary Environmental Clinic, explores the facts that environmental hazards disproportionately impact low-income and minority residents. Environmental hazards including lead poisoning, asthma, mold, air pollution, energy costs, food access, vacant properties, and illegal dumping. The discussion will focus on how these deeply-rooted problems require solutions focused on achieving racial justice and equality. 

Panelists include: Inez Bordeaux with Arch City Defenders, Leah Clyburn with Sierra Club of Eastern Missouri, and Tosha Phonix with Missouri Coalition for the Environment 

Alton Location

(The Old Bakery Beer Co. 400 Landmarks Boulevard, Alton, IL 62002)

5:00 - 5:30: Check-in and Networking

5:30 - 6:45: An Oasis or a Mirage: Analyzing the impact of dollar stores in food deserts in the Metro East of St. Louis, MO-IL


Presented by Stacey Brown Amilain, PHD, Associate Professor Graduate Program DIrector, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

St. Peters Location 

(St. Peters Earth Centre 115 Ecology Drive, St. Peters, MO 63376)

3:30: Check-in, St. Peters Earth Centre Tour (Sign up required: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Elliot will give a guided tour of the Earth Centre. Learn all about the City of St. Peters' award-winning Organic Resource Recycling Program and how it benefits the community.

Presented by Elliot Schneider, Certified Compost Operations Manager with St. Peters Earth Centre